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Luke [13:22-30] The Narrow Door Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 13,22-30. Jesus passed through towns and villages, teaching as he went and making his way to Jerusalem. Someone …More
Luke [13:22-30] The Narrow Door

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 13,22-30.
Jesus passed through towns and villages, teaching as he went and making his way to Jerusalem.
Someone asked him, "Lord, will only a few people be saved?" He answered them,
Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough.
After the master of the house has arisen and locked the door, then will you stand outside knocking and saying, 'Lord, open the door for us.' He will say to you in reply, 'I do not know where you are from.'
And you will say, 'We ate and drank in your company and you taught in our streets.'
Then he will say to you, 'I do not know where (you) are from. Depart from me, all you evildoers!'
And there will be wailing and grinding of teeth when you see Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God and you yourselves cast out.
And people will come from the east and the west and from the north and the south and will recline at table in the kingdom of God.
For behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last."

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Saint Prosper of Aquitaine (?-c.460)

lay theologian
The summons to all people

"People will come from the east and the west and from north and south"
Those who approach God, leaning on him with a desire to be saved, are saved indeed. For it is divine inspiration that enables them to conceive this desire for salvation and they come to knowledge of truth enlightened by him who calls them. They are indeed children of promise, the reward of faith, the spiritual descendants of Abraham, “a chosen race, a holy priesthood” (1 Pt 2:9), foreknown from long ago and predestined for eternal life. (…) Through the mediation of Isaiah, our Lord makes known his grace to us, to make new creatures of us all: “See, I am doing something new! Now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? In the desert I make a way, in the wasteland, rivers (…) for my chosen people to drink, the people whom I formed for myself that they might announce my praise” And elsewhere: (…) “To me every knee shall bend, by me every tongue shall swear” (Is 43:19 f; 45:23). There is no question but that all this will come to pass, because God's foreknowledge never fails nor do his plans alter, his will is ever active and his promises cannot be mistaken. Therefore all those to whom these words refer shall be saved. For he sets his laws in their consciences and with his finger he writes them in their hearts (Rom 2:15). They gain access to knowledge of God, not under the influence of human teaching but the guidance of the best of masters: “Therefore, neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who causes the growth” (1 Cor 3:7). (…) It is given to them all to have a changed heart and just judgement together with an upright will. God brings fear to birth in these people so that they may be instructed in his commandments. (…) They rejoice in the power of his mercy and all the miracles he has done, for God has chosen them and made them his children, heirs of the new covenant (Jr 31:31).